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Discovery Hill

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Discovery Hill is a popular area located approximately two miles north of Salmon, Idaho just off the River Bluffs Road. This area has become one of Salmon’s best and newest venues for recreation, where users can hike, mountain bike, horseback ride, dirt bike, play Frisbee golf and even participate in a 1.6-mile Podcast Trail. This area is easily accessible most times of year, has activities for all skill levels and offers stunning views and a great place to enjoy the Salmon River bluffs. Discovery Hill (Photographer: David Lingle)

The Discovery Hill non-motorized trail system, located just one mile from downtown Salmon, offers a conveniently located network for recreationists.   The motorized sections offer incredible riding for OHVs and motorcycles with the Beaverhead Mountain Range as a backdrop. 

Formerly called “Dump Hills” because the city landfill was located here until 1993, research shows that the bluffs actually convey detachments of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Archaeological surveys also revealed several fragile remnants of ancient Indian trails, some of which may have been followed by the Corps of Discovery (hence, “Discovery” Hills). Vestiges of an 1880s wagon road also cross over the lower benches.

Please be respectful and adhere to the approved routes and trails.


To get to the great trails in the Discovery Hill area, take St. Charles street north. Continue two miles. The road will turn to gravel and you will cross a cattle guard. The trailhead will be just ahead. Look for the big BLM sign and the information kiosk. 

Photographer: Salmon Valley Stewardship Executive Director - Gina KnudsonFacilities/Fees

Fee-free site. This site is day-use only and provides historical interpretation, parking and a vault toilet.

The Podcast Trail

The 1.6-mile Podcast Trail is a community-driven trail project that was planned and built through a partnership with the BLM's Salmon Field Office, Salmon Valley Stewardship (SVS), the National Park Service, the Student Conservation Association and local Salmon High School students. BLM's outdoor recreation planner Liz Townley initiated the Discovery Hill (Photographer: Salmon Valley Stewardship Outreach Coordinator Rachel Layman)project not only to get locals to appreciate their public lands more, but also to draw attention to this beautiful and historic area of town. Podcasts include unique facts and history about the area. BLM recruited the help of Salmon high school students to create the podcasts, many of whom wrote and edited them for production. The project was funded through a grant with the National Parks Service. SVS will continue to play a role in the podcast trail, hosting community tours and providing iPods for rent (available at the local library and museum). The group also plans to update podcasts to target different age groups in the future.